Updates on the playoff race, recent injury updates, outrageous hockey moments on Twitter & more in today’s collection of NHL headlines.
NHL Playoff Race.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Vernon Fiddler scored twice as the Dallas Stars clinched a playoff berth with a 6-2 victory over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks.
THE WASHINGTON POST: The Washington Capitals secured top spot in both the Eastern Conference and the Metropolitan Division by doubling up the Ottawa Senators 4-2.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: A substandard effort cost the Anaheim Ducks a chance to clinch a playoff berth, falling 4-3 to the lowly Montreal Canadiens.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks also missed an opportunity to clinch a postseason spot, falling 1-0 to the St. Louis Blues.
TWINCITIES.COM: Devan Dubnyk’s 38-save performance carried the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
USA TODAY: The Detroit Red Wings suffered a costly loss 6-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers blew a 2-0 lead to fall 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers picked up a point against the Jackets. They move into a tie with the Red Wings and currently hold the final wild-card berth because they hold a game in hand. The Wild’s win over the Kings vaults them one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche into the final Western Conference wild-card spot. The Ducks and Sharks failed to gain ground on the Kings in the Pacific Division standings. The Blues remain two points behind the Western Conference-leading Stars.
NBC SPORTS: The Colorado Avalanche will be without forwards Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon in their upcoming two games, including a crucial one against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The status of sidelined Blackhawks starting goalie Corey Crawford (upper-body injury, day-to-day) remains uncertain for the club’s upcoming road trip.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils have shut down winger Mike Cammalleri (hand/wrist injury) for the rest of the season, but they’re hoping Patrik Elias (arthroscopic knee surgery) can return before season’s end.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and is likely done for the season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defensemen Oscar Klefbom (foot injury) and Andrew Ference (upcoming hip surgery) are likely finished for the season.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is shouldering the blame for Eric Staal’s limited impact upon the roster since joining the club in a recent trade. In 11 games, Staal has only one goal and two assists.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the theory that Staal would regain his scoring touch on a better club. So far, the trade that brought him to the Blueshirts is a bust. It’s also not doing anything to improve Staal’s value in this summer’s UFA market.
CBS SPORTS: Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher was recently serenaded by Bono in a video tribute during a pre-game ceremony commemorating his 1,000th NHL game.
NEWSDAY: Good news, New York Islanders fans. Ticket prices for next season will remain flat, and some premium seat prices will drop.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks signed Swedish League MVP Anton Rodin to a one-year, $950K contract for the 2016-17 campaign.
YAHOO SPORTS: To commemorate Twitter’s 10th anniversary, Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski lists the top-10 outrageous hockey moments on Twitter.